The story of Heart’s debut “Dreamboat Annie” remains one of the Cinderella fairy tale chapters in rock history, but the major label follow up released this week in 1977, “Little Queen”, was made amidst a legal battle prompted precisely because initial big money, & the potential for more.
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Queen songwriter/ singer/ world-class guitarist Brian May and drummer/singer/songwriter Roger Taylor tell the story of the first five Queen albums including “A Day at the Races” in this wonderful classic rock interview tribute to the late great Freddie Mercury. -Redbeard
Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor In the Studio with Redbeard on the 30th anniversary of “Innuendo”, Freddie Mercury’s final album, which Rolling Stone magazine called “Queen’s last masterpiece.”
Forty-five years ago Queen sent out invitations for “A Night at the Opera” and the whole rock world RSVP’d. With Brian May and Roger Taylor here In the Studio.
The regal rock of Queen came of age on the stage by this time in 1975 as is evidenced by this stunning performance at London’s Odeon Theater with a medley of songs “Black Queen” from Queen II, “Killer Queen” from their first solid album, 1974’s Sheer Heart Attack , and their breakthrough “Bohemian Rhapsody” from Queen’s fourth effort, A Night at the Opera.
Queensryche co-founder/ composer/ guitarist Chris DeGarmo and former singer/ songwriter Geoff Tate may be gone now ( the former pilots corporate jets, the latter heads the band Operation Mindcrime ), but they tell the story of the blockbuster four million-seller Empire and the amazing songs “Best I Can”, “Jet City Woman”,”Della Brown”,” Resistance”,”Hand on Heart”, even a live performance from London’s Hammersmith Odeon just weeks after Empire’s 1990 release.
In November 1990 Queensryche planted the flag of smartly conceived and played all-American rock in the heart of the British Empire, London’s venerable Hammersmith Odeon theater. This live performance of “Best I Can” is completely live, no overdubs.
It was The Game that crowned Queen #1 worldwide, precisely because of the balance of hits “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, “Another One Bites the Dust”, “Play the Game” with the blistering “Dragon Attack”, “Rock It”, and “Sail Away Sweet Sister”. Brian May and Roger Taylor are suited up to play The Game here In the Studio for its fortieth anniversary.
Queen always was one of those top-tier bands who could really sing and play their highly arranged material live, and here is ample proof of that fact in a rare live-in-studio performance of “Spread Your Wings” from Autumn 1977 in a London studio. –Redbeard
The godfathers of hard rock Ozzy Osbourne, James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett of Metallica, Klaus Meine from Scorpions, David Coverdale from Deep Purple and Whitesnake, and Queensryche co-founders Geoff Tate and Chris Degarmo rip through some seminal hard rock including the late Ronnie James Dio fronting Black Sabbath all “In the Studio” for Heavy Metal History